MIAMI, United States.- The Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) invites Cubans to the event A year after 11J: Art and resistance in Cuba, which will take place this Friday, a few days before commemorating a year of the day that marked the recent history of the island.
The event, which will be broadcast on Facebook Live at 4:00 in the afternoon, Cuban time, will take place “in the framework of the anniversary of the peaceful protests of 11J, when hundreds of Cubans took to the streets to make themselves heard, asking better living conditions, medicine, food, freedom and dignity”.
“While the protests were taking place, Díaz-Canel gave the order to combat, militarizing the streets and imprisoning children, women, the elderly and men; many of them, today, are still imprisoned”, says the call to panel.
“The right to freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest are NOT crimes. Let’s not be complicit in the silence that dictatorships seek,” adds the CADAL announcement.
Moderated by Diana Arévalo, Consultant in Freedom of Artistic Expression of CADAL, the panel will have as speakers Carolina Barerro, Cuban activist and art historian; Laura Tadesco, Vice Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Saint Louis University in Madrid; Rubén Chababo, Professor at the Seminar on Memory and Human Rights at the National University of Rosario, and academic adviser at CADAL; Cecilia Noce, coordinator of the Project for the Defense of the Freedom of Artistic Expression of CADAL; and Rut Diamint, principal investigator at CONICET and professor at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
The anti-government demonstrations of July 11, 2021 in various parts of Cuba left thousands of detainees, some of them still behind bars in Castro’s prisons. Hundreds of Cubans have been tried in biased trials and without the right to defend themselves for their participation in the protests.
At the beginning of the month of June, the Attorney General’s Office of the Republic of Cuba (FGR) reported that the regime’s courts have so far issued 76 final sentences against 381 people for the 11J protests, including 16 children under 18 years.
The institution specified that 78% of that total of those sanctioned (297) were sentenced to up to 25 years in prison, most of them for the crimes of sedition, sabotage, robbery with force and violence, attack, contempt and public disorder. .
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